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Ken Howard & Friends – The Auction

At The Idealist we love to decorate our homes with beautiful works of art. You can get some amazing prints on the high street these days, but nothing beats acquiring an original piece. Even better, if you can buy one in a way which gives something back too, then art feels even nicer. When we spotted this charity art exhibition, we knew it was something worth sharing!

In both the circles of artists and laymen, Ken Howard requires no introduction. The artist and painter’s penchant for poetic composition, and ability to capture spaces with an endearing and candid sincerity has made him one of the country’s most respected and beloved artists. Beside Howard’s OBE, which he received during the 2010 Birthday Celebrations, he has been elected a both an Associate and Academician of the Royal Academy and is also a former President of the New English Art Society- to mark just four highlights in his long and decorated career.

Along with the work of personal friends, many of whom are fellow former and current Presidents and of some of the world’s most prestigious art societies, Ken Howard’s work will be featuring at ‘Ken Howard & Friends- The Auction’ on Thursday 26th October at Chelsea’s John Bly Gallery.

The fifty-fifty auction is organised in close conjunction with Kids for Kids, an initiative that provides much needed help to the critically forgotten children of Darfur, Sudan. Kids for Kids’ work is simply remarkable. By offering goat loans and the creation of sustainable development programmes, Kids for Kids greatly aid communities living in near inhospitable regions, often ravaged by drought.

Inspired by this noble cause, the auction will bring together oil paintings and watercolour works composed by Howard and fellow Royal Academians, members of Royal Watercolour Society and the New English Art Society.

For art buffs, ‘Ken Howard & Friends- The Auction’ serves as a great opportunity to study, and potentially own, the works of some the nation’s finest artists. The auction will feature work by the likes of Ken Howard, Richard Pikesley, Francis Bowyer, Alan Cotton, Maurice Sheppard, Bob Brown, Salliann Putman, Diana Armfield, Andrew Macara, Sir Quentin Blake, Toby Ward, Melissa Scott-Miller, Susan Ryder, William Bowyer, David Parfitt, Mary Jackson, Tom Coates, Michael Sandle, Patrick Cullen, Ann Le Bas, Fred Cuming and Charles Bone.

As Kids for Kids founder Patricia Parker MBE observes: “This is a rare opportunity to see works by our leading artists from the highest echelons of the art world, paintings in different mediums, shown together… It is a real honour, and very touching, that such famous artists want to help the forgotten children of Darfur.”

The collection will be available to view from the 19th October up to the evening of the auction on the 26th during the opening hours of the John Bly Gallery (Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Private Viewings can also be arranged on either Thursday 19th and Tuesday 24th of October; one would be required to apply for a ticket so as to avoid disappointment.

We’ve shortlisted a few pieces of our favourites from the auction. For those unable to visit, the entire ‘Ken Howard & Friends – The Auction’s collection can also be viewed online.

Two Goats

by Fred Cuming RA NEAC (Oil, Size: 10″ x 12″)

From the Bacinni, Venice

by Ken Howard OBE RA

Udairpur Sunset overlooking the lake

by Patrick Cullen NEAC

Alternative Drawing for the façade of Angers University Hospital Maternity Unit

by Sir Quentin Blake CBI RDI

Summer Flowers

by Melissa Scott-Miller NEAC RP

The Auction itself will take place at 6:30 for 7:00 p.m. at The John Bly Gallery 1st floor 533 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0TZ. Celebrity auctioneer, John Bly, will conduct the auction.

On account of limited space, the event will be ticketed. These can be attained by contacting them. Although there is no charge for entry, donations are graciously accepted. More information, can be found at ‘Ken Howard & Friends- The Auction’.

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All photos courtesy of Ken Howard & Friends.

  • Nigel is a writer and journalist living in London. He loves music, literature and architecture. Since moving to London to study, he’s yet to kick his honeymoon phase with the city, and when not working, can consequently be found making the most of what London has to offer. He maintains that Billy Joel is one of the greatest and most critically misunderstood singer-songwriters of our time. So far, he has found 3 other people that agree with him.

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